Building Communities of Practice for gender equality in ERA. An interactive event for practitioners to #ACTonGender in HE & R&I
The 1st ACT International Synergy Conference celebrated in Brussels on 25th February 2019 has gathered more than 100 people from 23 countries. The event has been an opportunity to introduce the project to a wide international audience and find synergies between diverse stakeholders, including gender experts and researchers, research policy directors, gender project managers, diversity and inclusion officers, gender equality practitioners, and institutions participating in other EU-funded projects on gender in science.
Besides presenting the main concepts, tools and activities of ACT, the 1st Synergy Conference has included experiences of Communities of Practice (CoP) and fostered dialogue about the benefits and challenges of using CoPs for collaborative action to improve gender equality in the European Research Area. The event included interactive sessions and participatory activities oriented to get to know existing and potential members of the ACT Communities of Practice across Europe.
For more information see the Conference presentations and the full programme below.
Presentations about the ACT project
Introduction to the ACT Project. Key concepts, tools and activities. María José Romano, ACT Project Manager, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Benefits and challenges of using Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA. Rachel Palmén, Senior Researcher, Notus, Spain
First insights from the Community Mapping survey. Sybille Reidl, Researcher, Joanneum Research, Austria.
Good practices and experiences of Communities of Practice
Experiences from "GenderCoP" 2006-2014 or the rise and fall of a promising CoP. Anne-Charlott Callerstig, Researcher, Orebro University, Sweden
TARGET project. The Role of a Network of Universities. Anastasia Zabaniotou, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Date and time: 25 February 2019
9:30 – 10:00 Arrival & registration
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation
Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General of the DG Research & Innovation (RTD), European Commission
10:10 – 10:20 Welcome from the Coordinator
Jörg Müller, Senior Researcher, UOC, Spain
10:20 – 10:40 Brief introduction to the ACT project
María José Romano, ACT Project Manager, Spain
Key concepts, tools and activities of the ACT project
10:40 – 11:00 Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA
Rachel Palmén, Senior Researcher, Notus, Spain
Benefits and challenges of using Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA
11:00 – 12:00 Good Practice CoP Experiences: gender equality in R&I and HE
Anne-Charlott Callerstig, Researcher, Orebro University, Sweden
Anastasia Zabaniotou, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Karolina Kublickiene, Associated Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
12:00 – 12:30 Open Discussion
Moderated by Claartje Vinkenburg, Independent Consultant & Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Getting involved in ACT!
Sybille Reidl, Researcher, Joanneum Research, Austria
Presentation and first insights from the community mapping survey. Introduction to the participatory session.
14:00 – 14:30 Networking
An opportunity to network with other participants, explore the H2020 Project stands and leave your comments and suggestions in our pinboard area.
14:30 – 16:00 Targeting and maximising CoP
7 participatory consultation sessions on initial CoP setups and support scenarios. Individual sessions are moderated by 7 ACT Seed partners.
16:00 – 16:30 Reports to plenary from the group discussions
16:30 – 17:00 Conclusions and next steps to advance opportunities and impact of collective action
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Co-funder & Director of Portia, UK
Interactive session with contributions from the audience.
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